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The Competition in Sittacene and the Placating of Sisigambis
Master of the Jardin de vertueuse consolation and assistant (Flemish, active 3rd quarter of 15th century)
French and Flemish
Lille (written) France Bruges (illuminated) Belgium (Place created)
about 1470 - 1475
Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 43.2 x 33 cm (17 x 13 in.)
Before the impressive stone battlements of a conquered city whose gateway is marked with his name,
The women standing at the right derive from another episode. With their lavish headresses and sumptuous gowns, they represent members of the family of the defeated Persian ruler Darius. Alexander consistently treated these captive women with respect and magnanimity because of their nobility. The artist may have linked this episode with that of the games because both illustrate Alexander's generosity.
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